Subverting the Narrative

photo by Justin Dingwall

photo by Justin Dingwall

It won’t come as news to most of us that Photoshop and the multitude of photo apps that alter images have led to unrealistic views of ourselves.

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Fashion Week: It’s Complicated

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New York Fashion Week kicked off this past Thursday, and with it some complicated topics graphic designers are very familiar with:

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Censorship: a sign of the “Times?”

This week Time magazine reported that last week’s story “The Two Faces of Anxiety” elicited the most mail. Readers wanted to “Why is anxiety the most pressing issue in the U.S. while the Egyptian revolution gets front page treatment internationally?”

Time covers, Dec. 5, 2011 | Vol. 178 No. 22

Time said that they are glad to be held to high expectations. Some readers were not so happy and called the cover treatment censorship.

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Un-hate, or unethical?

Photoshopped image from Benetton “Unhate” ad campaign shows Pope kissing Mohammed Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand sheikh of al-Azhar mosque in Cairo.

Benetton’s recent release of the “Unhate” ad campaign has caused a firestorm of controversy. The goal of their campaign is a worthy one—to contribute to a new culture of tolerance and to combat hatred. The UNHATE Campaign is the first in a series of initiatives involving community.

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Fish Tales

Y’see, most men, they’ll tell a story straight through, it won’t be complicated, but it won’t be interesting either. —Edward Bloom (from the movie “Big Fish“)

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